Introduction to the Department

Ohio Wesleyan offered its first course in political science in 1845, three years after the University was founded, and established its Department of Politics and Government in 1917. Since then, the department has emphasized the practice of politics, paying close attention to the actual workings of today's political institutions.

2024 OWU Mock ConventionGraduates of the department are working in a wide range of federal, state, and local government positions; with international organizations; as attorneys; with special interest groups on a national scale; in education; and more.

Department Features

  • The Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs helps you learn more about political life through internships and independent study. In recent years, OWU students have worked with legislators, law firms and courts, public interest groups, and political campaigns.
  • The Mock Convention, an OWU tradition dating to 1884, is held during presidential elections years. During the convention, you'll learn about the fundamentals of one of the most intriguing U.S. political events--the presidential nominating convention. You'll also learn about candidates and key issues in the upcoming election.

Available Majors

Available Minors

Department Contact Info


Elliott Hall 205
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3906

Department Contact

Department Chair: James Franklin
Professor of Politics and Government
Elliott Hall 308

Academic Assistant: Deborah Lovell
Elliott Hall 110